Job opportunity: Researcher for African Governance and Diplomacy Programme (RAGDP0221)

SAIIA is seeking to appoint a dynamic, young researcher with knowledge of South African foreign policy and/or Africa’s engagement with key global partners in the North and South.

Knowledge of Russia-Africa relations and/or China-Africa relations would be an advantage. Prior research experience in a similar position within a think tank/research/academic environment and an outstanding post-graduate educational qualification at Master’s level is required. Excellent writing, research, communication, and time management skills are essential, as are computer literacy and own transport. This is a position with significant research delivery responsibilities and may entail travel.


  • Research, dissemination and media engagement
  • Events coordination
  • Finance and administration
  • M&E and reporting
  • Strategic engagement and networking


  • A motivational letter quoting clearly the reference number of the position that they are applying for
  • A comprehensive CV
  • Academic transcripts of qualifications
  • The names of three contactable references and two written references
  • Two examples of (preferably short) articles published in the last year
  • A comprehensive publication list

Applications, clearly quoting the reference number of the position that they are applying for and, with their contact details should be submitted to Shannon Gard:

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview. For more information on SAIIA and its research agenda, please visit Applications close on 13 February 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

SAIIA reserves the right not to make an appointment.

SAIIA will be making an appointment in accordance with its Employment Equity targets